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New Testament: Matthew 10:1-23
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
People may think it will never happen here but
Persecution Will Come to those that share the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
Persecution Will Come! Jesus said “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! ~ Matthew 10:16-25
Around the world Christians face an increasing array of violent persecutors, whether increasing State repression in China, Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria or Hindu extremists in India. Jesus warned His followers that If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also (John 15:20). From: PERSECUTION WATCH
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. ~ Matthew 10:5-8
Do not go into the way of the Gentiles. Christ does not forbid the disciples to preach to Gentiles or Samaritans if they encounter them on the way, but they are to take the message first to the covenant people, in the regions nearby (cf. Rom_1:16).